Chicago, Illinois producer Eric “E-Smoove” Miller and his label, Focus Music Group, have filed a $10 million dollar counterclaim against superstar rapper Kanye West regarding several recordings West allegedly produced when he was younger. In August, West filed a suit alleging that Miller and Focus Music Group created fake documents, forged his signature and tried… Read more »
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The 37-year-old Shabazz is the one of the founders and current president of "Chi-Roc Hip Hop Nation," formed in 1985 on the Southside of Chicago. The same year, Chi-Rock group members OZ and the D.V.S. Crew released what has been credited as the first Hip-Hop album in Chicago rap history. Twista, who is signed to… Read more »
Platinum selling rapper Twista is spearheading a concert with various members of the Chicago Hip-Hop community to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The rapper is organizing a free concert that will take place September 19 at the House of Blues in Chicago. Confirmed Chicago rappers include Da Brat, Do or Die, Shawnaa, Crucial… Read more »
Rapper Twista is calling on his fellow Chicago artists and businesses in the city to back a concert to raise money for the Chicago Children’s Choir Academy. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Twista hopes the concert will raise $100,000 – $150,000 to be donated to the school. "As a Chicago resident, I feel very honored… Read more »
Harold “Noonie” Ward, currently on the cover of the newest F.E.D.S. magazine has started a record company to show love back to the streets of Chicago. Chicago native and music industry vet John Monopoly has lent support in helping Noonie cultivate relationships. Noonie has also been in talks with former Def Jam executives Russell Simmons… Read more »
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago will host what organizers have billed the first national conference on the topic of “Feminism and Hip-Hop,” in April. The conference aims to provide a forum to discuss and analyze the relevance of feminist agendas to the Hip-Hop generation. Kim… Read more »
The Chicago Hip-Hop Summit took place Saturday (March 27) at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion.Kanye West and Common hosted the event and Twista, Shawnna, Layzie Bone, Crooked I and others took part in a variety of discussions, ranging from police brutality, the surveillance of rap artists, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other issues.”This was… Read more »
Chicago native Bumpy Johnson has inked a deal with Free 4 All, a new label distributed by Atlantic and headed up by industry veteran, Free Maiden. According to Maiden, the rapper was the subject of an intense bidding war after hitting the mixtape circuit and getting airplay on both of Chicago’s commercial and Hip-Hop and… Read more »
A Chicago, Illinois business man, a Principal of a local elementary school and members of the Chicago Police Department will protest an appearance by Bow Wow at a radio station.Harold “Noonie” Ward said he hired Bow Wow to visit, pass out toys, and raise the spirits of poor youth on Friday December 19, the last… Read more »
Mos Def and Talib Kweli will deliver a joint keynote lecture at The Field Museum’s Center for Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC) international Hip Hop and Social Change Conference. The conference, which is being held at the Museum on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3, 4, and 5, will discuss the significance of artistic and… Read more »
Today was not a good day for Ice Cube, as The Chicago Police Department issued the rapper/director a public apology for issuing alerts that described the alleged suspect of sexual assaults in the area as resembling the former N.W.A member. The police released the alert Sunday, only to have Chicago broadcast stations simultaneously run clips… Read more »
Feeling that America is in a state of emergency and needs new and innovative leadership, Chicago rapper Brother El is running for President of the United States. Brother El’s campaign headquarters, also known as his very own independent record label, has proclaimed five reasons as to why he should be elected to office. They are:… Read more »
Chicago producer NoID has inked a deal with Def Jam for his label, Face The Music. NoID has produced tracks for Common, Method Man, new Def Jam artist Diego & tracks for Jay-Z, which NoID said would be featured on Jigga’s album, or on an upcoming Roc-A-Fella Allstar album that is being recorded. The first… Read more »
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